An engineer who helped deploy “obuoys” in the Arctic submitted this story, but wishes to remain nameless since he feels that he’ll be ostracized for sharing here. I’ll respect his wishes, and pass along the information. He writes via the “submit story” feature in the WUWT header:
I’ve had a small part in getting a series of buoys ready for arctic deployment and a few have been successfully sent out already. They are very large and take met data, O3 and BrO data (looking for O3 depletions), CO2 data, and as an afterthought a simple webcam was thrown on board.
This last bit I thought several people might be interested in. The only buoy that is currently deployed (and not sitting on the ocean floor) is near the Beaufort. See a movie of the last three months of webcam images here:
Initially the webcam only took one image a day, but with the ice breaking up the PI’s decided to increase that to once an hour. Towards the end you can really see ice flowing back and forth a distance away from the buoy, and it is clear the buoy is free-floating in a melt pond.
You can monitor this buoy and others, once they deploy, through this interface: http://obuoy.datatransport.org/monitor
The head principal investigator is Dr. Paty Matrai: http://www.bigelow.org/research/srs/paty_matrai/paty_matrai_laboratory/
Here is a movie on the deployment: